Victoria Embankment Gardens (WC2)
(Whitehall Garden, Ministry of Defence section)
Charles George Gordon
London 1833 - Khartoum, Sudan, 1885
also known as Chinese Gordon, Gordon Pasha, and Gordon of Khartoum, was a British army officer and administrator
Bronze statue of Gordon in the undress uniform of a field officer, standing in an attitude of meditation, his left foot on a broken mortar. His left arm is crossed over the waist, and the hand, holding a Bible, supports the elbow of the right arm. It stands on a plinth with two bronze relief plates on the left and right sides, showing the four virtues (left) FORTITVDE FAITH , and (right) CHARITY JVSTICE respectively. Fortitude has a shield with the text RIGHT FEARS NO MIGHT. Between the foliated frieze at the top of the plinth are banderoles with the names SOUDAN KHARTOUM - GRAVESEND EQUATOR - CRIMEA 1855 CHINA 1864 - QUINSAN SOOCHOW
CHARLES G. GORDON C.B.
major-gen. royal engineers
killed at khartovm
(statue) hamo thornycroft ara 1887
(plinth) hamo thornycroft ra Sc 1888
(relief right) hamo thornycroft 18--
Unveiled 16 October 1888 in Trafalgar Square. The pedestal was inspired by that of Le Sueur's Charles I near that location. Removed in 1943 for the temporary display of a Lancaster bomber and re-erected in Victoria Embankment Gardens in 1953.
Sources & Information
- Wikipedia, List of public art in the City of Westminster.
- Bob Speel, London sculpture.
- The Victorian Web, General Charles Gordon Memorial.
- George L. Gomme, Return of outdoor memorials in London (London: City Council, 1910) (through Internet Archive).
- John Blackwood, London's Immortals: The Complete Outdoor Commemorative Statues (London: Savoy, 1989), p. 268-269.
- Andrew Kershman, London's Monuments (London: Metro Publ., 2013), p. 140.
- Peter Matthews, London's Statues and Monuments (Botley: Shire, 2012), p. 46-47.
Locatie (N 51°30'16" - W 0°7'25") (Satellite view: Google Maps)
Item Code: gblo058; Photograph: 3 August 2014
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